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By Lane Erickson, Idaho Estate Planning Attorney

For nearly 20 years I have been involved in estate planning and helping clients prepare their own personalized estate plans. During this time I have worked with many clients who have indicated to me their concerns about their children. Many times, my clients don’t have good relationships with their children. Sometimes this even includes children who are threatening or abusive towards their parents. In these instances, my clients often want to keep their estate-planning confidential so that their children will not learn what their plan is in distributing their assets after they pass away.

Because a person’s estate planning is their own personal property, they have every right to keep it confidential. Whenever I have a child of a client who wants to get a copy of their parents last will and testament or other estate planning documents, or when children are present when we are discussing these things, I always get permission from my clients before I provide any information or copies of documents to children. I also repeatedly remind my clients that their estate planning is their personal property and they have no obligation to share it with their family at all, including their children, if they choose not to do so.

In light of this, I recently saw an article about a daughter who learned that her mother had changed her last will and testament and had met her out of her will so that she would receive no inheritance. As reported by Fox News, here are the details:

Daughter Beat Elderly Mother to Death

After Being Left Out of Will, Cops Say

A 53-year-old Florida woman, who reportedly beat her mother to death after discovering she’d been left out of her will, allegedly described the assault to cops before telling them she’d come to terms with her likely fate: “I guess I’m going to jail.”

Gabriela Perero was arrested Friday and charged with premeditated murder and aggravated battery on a person 65 years or older, Broward County arrest records show.

“I guess I’m going to jail, I beat up my mom,” Perero told police as her mother lay battered and dying. “I pushed her down, grabbed her and tore the skin off her arm.”

Luisa Perero, 85, was reportedly attacked after Gabriela became “enraged” her siblings received an inheritance and she did not, despite Gabriela having taken care of her ailing mother. While attacking her, Gabriela reportedly yelled at her mother, “You destroyed my life so I’m going to destroy you!”

The two were living together in Fort Lauderdale before the fatal confrontation, Gabriela allegedly told authorities. Luisa briefly regained a pulse but was ultimately pronounced dead at Broward Health Medical Center, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Gabriela Perero was denied bond and is awaiting trial.

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When it comes to estate planning or probate you should never try to do it alone. If you have questions for yourself or for your family and loved ones, we can help. Call us toll free at 877-232-6101 or 208-232-6101 for a free consultation with Lane Erickson and the Racine Olson team of Estate Planning attorneys in Idaho. You can also email Lane Erickson directly at We will answer your questions and will help you solve your Idaho Estate Planning problems.

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